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Vilmos Zsigmond Poster

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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 16 June 1930Szeged, Hungary
Date of Death 1 January 2016Big Sur, California, USA

Mini Bio (1)

Along with László Kovács, a fellow student who fled Hungary in 1956, Zsigmond rose to prominence in the 1970s. He is known for his use of natural light and vivid use of color on features such as The Long Goodbye (1973) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977).

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Spouse (1)

Elizabeth Fuzes (? - ?) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (6)

Began his career photographing the Hungarian revolution of 1956. Won several international and domestic awards as director of TV commercials.
He and László Kovács shot footage of the Soviet invasion and then escaped to the United States where they sold the footage to CBS.
The name, if spelled correctly in Hungarian, should sound like "Vilmosh Sigmond".
Member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Cinematographers Branch) [2007-].
Member of the American Society of Cinematographers.
Owns a camera, lighting and grip company in Budapest.

Personal Quotes (3)

[on Heaven's Gate (1980)] Michael [Cimino] really wanted to make a perfect film. He could have made this film for much less. He overdid it; he overcomplicated it. But they should not have killed him for it.
We had a terrible situation on "Close Encounters", because they wanted to fire me several times. The only reason they didn't was because they didn't have a replacement who could take over.
I like to work with Michael Cimino. I don't like him personally - he's very difficult to work with, because he's very demanding and he doesn't think about anybody around him, he's yelling at everybody. But as a film director, I think he's one of the best.

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